Shankari Chandran began her career as a lawyer in London. For a decade she was the head of an award-winning social justice program for an international law firm, covering projects in over 30 countries. The work ranged from representing detainees in Guantanamo Bay to training lawyers in Rwanda to advising Prime Minister Gordon Brown. This work gave her experience of human savagery, but also the ways in which people try to protect each other and redeem themselves. She is currently a columnist for, entertaining audiences with stories about motherhood, multi-culturalism and the perils of returning home with four young children.